Word on the blog street is that a second season of The Real Housewives of Dallas will (soon?) be upon us.
The Real Mr. Housewife, in what is called an "exclusive," says the cast is set and that the ladies we know will be back, sans Tiffany Hendra. The website reports that there will be two additions to the cast, but only names one: Kameron Westcott. (According to her protected Twitter profile, she believes in "PINK and anything that SPARKLES." By that alone, she gets my vote.)
Not sure that means that the entire cast is set -- there's obviously something missing or else it would have been a no-brainer. I think it's yet to be determined.
But here we are, full of conjecture but with a knowing gleam in our eyes.
Bloggers have been asking the question about a second season since the reunion special came and went without an announcement from King Housewife, Andy Cohen; perhaps he's just been playing coy.
Here are several reasons to believe that a pickup was in order:
One thing turned into another
OhSoCynthia reported that the show was filmed as Ladies of Dallas. That means it was shoehorned into the Housewives franchise after it had already been filmed and that isn't any of the cast member's fault. So, there was a reason why what ended up beamed to your homes didn't feel quite authentic. A second season gives all concerned, including the network and cast, a reset button.
Ratings don't lie
So RHOD didn't get the ratings of the Atlanta housewives. Of course not. Each woman on the Atlanta franchise is almost a brand by herself, and that means something to viewers. But at an average of 700,000 viewers, RHOD is on par with other shows in the franchise and that includes The Real Housewives of the Potomac, which quickly got a renewal for another season. Why wouldn't the network give it another go, especially as reality TV shows are much more inexpensive to produce than, say, your average episode of Queen of the South?
And look at that ...
They're playing well with others in the Housewives franchise, New Jersey and Orange County. Why even bother unless you're sticking around? I know it's not beauty tips. Say what you want, but our ladies have that down. (In my King Leonides voice) This. Is. Dallas!
I need LeeAnne in my life
Come on. What writer wouldn't?! I fiend for this stuff! This is the woman for whom the word "kill" means something else entirely. No one can look fierce and vulnerable at the same time quite like the lady. She's like Bambi and King Kong all rolled into one Bambi Kong that really knows how to work a room.
Plus, she shines a light on those charities she fights so hard for. I haven't seen any cameras around her, but she's been all up and through the big charity events this year. As has long money Stephanie Hollman.
No Tiffany means no LeeAnne Protection Program
That means no LeeAnne apologetic. And while that's a shame, and it means I won't get to use "Keith Suburban" as her husband's name and then giggle at the fact that I nicknamed him, it will be a shakeup to a show that had firm camps: Tiffany and LeeAnne vs. everyone else. What makes a good Housewives dust-up is when the turmoil comes from unexpected quarters at the drop of a hat.
And that's that, folks. There are reasons for everything -- even more Real Housewives of Dallas.